I guess everything is so subjective - How we absorb the material. I read the reviews and I wanted to like this book but there was not enough of a story here. 3 downloads - I thought I would lose my mind. Insipid, sappy, cliche-ridden dialogue - Get my drift here...I'm sorry but I feel that the other reviewers really misled me or my tolerance for this type of a story is really low. It wasn't quite a hot sexy romance because nothing happened until the very last few segments. Love was not unrequited just delayed. There was a lot of angst and I thought there would be some big reveal but I really wasn't impressed. Sorry folks but I must be honest. I read everything and I like romance too but intelligent, amusing, sexy plots - one of those anyway - would have been nice.
Yes. It's a wonderful love story filled with romance, heartache and beautiful words.
The final chapter in Italy. The ENTIRE chapter is fantastic.
It made me laugh, and cry. The way Gabriel speaks is remarkable and refreshing. Take note authors, it is possible to make an extremely sexy romantic novel without trashy language.
This book and it's sequel shouldn't be missed!
I was excited to read this book due to the star rating. Boy was I bamboozled. The story builds up to make him look like a member of a freaky sex club and she a former victum of a horrific sexually abusive relationship. The story was long winded and drawn out. It really didnt have much of a plot. I thought that Gabriel was a pompus jerk and Julianne was a prudish fridged twit. Thinking about it they were perfect for each other. I like men who are swoon worthy and strong who make a wonan feel cherished adored but take charge and be a man. He didnt fit that bill. Listening to the story line and the way it was built up I thought her past lover really did a number on her but when she told her story all he did was cheat on her and they were not even in a serious relationship (holding hands, political dinners and long distance love letters). The worst he did was sing the Nine Inch Nails song "Animal" to her. Later her past lover out of the blue, storms into her dads house at one point of the book and attacks her. There was no telling of violence in their past and made me think I skipped a part of the book. It made no sense to me but I will tell you that was probably the most exciting part of the book. When Gabriel and Julianne finally do the "deed" (which is the last hour of the book by the way)he damn near wrapped her in bubble wrap before sex.
This book is one big build of nothing with no climax and no big "O". I will NOT waste my credit on the next book. If you think this is anything like FSOG ...tortured souls yes....hot romance.....its not.
I won't tell you that Gabriel's Inferno is a boring listen. I did finish the book. Setting my personal opinions aside, I would say that the plot and dialog are very predictable. Now to my personal opinions. As a woman with liberal views on sex and progressive views about the role of women in society, this book is cringe-y from start to finish. From the description, I assumed this book would be compelling and steamy with some literary allusion thrown in. Instead, it was prudish and paints an insulting, old-fashioned image of what the feminine ideal should be. I don't want to give the story away, so I'll stop there. Entertaining, but you will probably end up wanting to punch all of the characters in the face.
I want more!
Lust! Passion! Places they visited.OMG everything about this book was mesmerizing. Beautiful full of anticipation.
Gabriel of course.
The love they had for one another. The changes Gabriel made, the need and want to change.
The best book ever. I couldn't put it down. Now i crave more and can't find any that comes close. Please hurry, put that creative head together and give me something to read again.
Deborah E. Alexander
The intensity and being made to feel every feelings of the characters.
I cannot pick just one moment, the entire book is addictive from beginning to end.
Yes, it made me do both! I loved it!
I am starting the second in this series and I hope for a third and fourth to come! Brilliant and Masterfully written!
Gabriel's whispering hot sweet naughty things in Julia's ears. Only from a poet could it be conceivable a man would say such things. It built suspense enough that it was almost a let down to return to the banality of the act itself. I honestly could have done without the final sex scenes.
I don't think I am going to read the second book, I am afraid it will mar the romanticism with too much explicitness.
This book is way too long. And I found myself switch chapters when descriptions of the heroine's shyness came up. The author spelled out every emotion, do we really need this? I went through the whole book, but should have just close it. Not worth my time. Unfortunately, I already bought the sequel when I started this book, on the basis of the first few chapters which at the time seemed inviting.
If all her book are this long and pretentious, then no!
It's Twilight minus sparkling vampires. The two main characters are so very unreal. Juliana is a weak, niave, throws fits when men can't read her mind, and focuses on making Gabriel the love of her life, rather than her expensive education. Gabriel is a popmus, designer label stamped ass who thinks worldy women are non-persons to be used for sex only and hates himself for having a lebito. He puts Juliana on a pedestal for her "purity and innocence" and is lothed to corrupt her with his beastly ways. Juliana is a fragile simp who is scarred for life because her ex-boyfriend likes Nine Inch Nails and said he wanted to f**k her like an animal. I want to vommit.
I would have skipped pages and pages of silly internal dialog on how perfect Gabriel's voice and eyes are and how angelic Juliana is. Unfortunately, skipping is a little hard for an audio book.
Don't waste your time. I'm glad I only spent 5 dollars.
Moments like this (i.e. Twilight series) I feel like I read a different book from everyone else.
I started this book from a recommendation of a friend. I listened to it in its entirety hoping it would improve as the story progress, it didn't. I have to say that it was easier to swallow in audio form because I could ignore chunks of it at a time which is a true reflection of how I felt about the book. It's boring. The main girl cries, a lot. She is overly sensitive about everything and it's tiresome. The first chunk of the book has her fawning over her teenage crush only to have him treat her abhorrently. Then once the tables have turned and he is suddenly interested to the point of over enthusiasm, she wants to analyze the potential of a relationship to see if he is the right choice. What-the-heck?
First she sleeps with the dude's picture under her pillow for years, then suddenly she's unsure when he has all but placed a bow around his neck with a gift card that says "I'm all yours, stupid." I get that the tipping point was his rude and inexcusable comment and behavior, but give me a break. He's been an ass for the past how many weeks and now suddenly she's had enough? Not to mention that he was unstable when she fell in love with him so many years ago, so it should've been no surprise there.
The Dante aspect of the book is difficult for me to comment on because I have not read the poem. That being, I did find parts of the book a bit ridiculous and laughable (in this instance I am laughing at you and not with you).
I prefer listening to female narrators rather than males, but John Morgan did a good job in his performance.